Duterte taps ex-Davao City police chief as head of drug task force

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 17 2017 08:28 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Reuters

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has tapped former Davao City police chief Vicente Danao Jr. as the commander of the National Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force.

Danao, who was appointed on April 27, is tasked to oversee the task force created under the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

ICAD, formed through Duterte’s Executive Order No. 15, is tasked to ensure the effective conduct of anti-illegal drug operations and arrest of "high-value drug personalities down to the street level peddlers and users."

The National Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force, according to the executive order, “shall undertake sustained anti-illegal drug operations” in close coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority (PDEA).

As head of the task force, Danao shall report directly to PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña.

Danao, who served as Davao City police chief for two years, is a highly trusted police official of Duterte, a long-time Davao City Mayor.

When Danao got embroiled in a controversy involving a video showing him allegedly beating up his wife, Duterte came to his defense. The then-Davao City Mayor said Danao’s tiff with his wife was a personal matter and had nothing to do with his job as police chief.

Reach for comment, Danao told ABS-CBN News he has chosen to withhold the release of any statement until he has received his appointment paper.